New Clackamas County, OR alarm ordinance in effect

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

OREGON CITY, Ore.—An April 27 story from The Oregonian reports Clackamas County’s new alarm ordinance, aimed at reducing false alarms, took effect April 28, and brought a host of changes.

The Clackamas County commissioners adopted a new ordinance after learning that 98 percent of all alarms turn out to be false, though sheriff's deputies are dispatched to every alarm.

Under the new ordinance permits are issued for a one-year period at a cost of $20 and $50 for residential and commercial, respectively. The fee schedule is as follows: first false alarm, no charge; second false alarm, $50 charge; third false alarm, $100 charge; fourth false alarm, $150 charge; failure to obtain a permit, $75 charge. Residents over 65 years of age are exempt from charges as are governmental office buildings.

After the fourth false alarm, the sheriff’s office will mail the permit applicant a notice of suspension.

Alarm applications can be obtained at the Clackamas County Sheriff's website. Applications and fees can be mailed to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.